Published: 2023-11-28 20:10
Last Updated: 2024-02-29 08:21
Mediators of the current truce in Gaza are currently pushing for a long-term ceasefire that would make both Hamas and the Israeli Occupation accept “hard-to-swallow concessions,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal citing Qatari and Egyptian officials.
Such concessions would include trading “Israeli soldiers” for potentially thousands of Palestinian prisoners currently in the Israeli Occupation jails, in addition to requiring the Israeli Occupation to hold back on an offensive in southern Gaza intended to capture and kill Hamas’s top leadership, and Hamas could also have to accept demilitarisation.
Qatari and Egyptian officials stated that the current temporary truce was building the sort of trust needed to move ahead.
Earlier on Tuesday, Mossad Chief David Barnea and CIA director William Burns arrived in Doha to meet with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss a possible extension of the truce conditional on more Prisoner exchanges.
Israeli Occupation Chief of Staff General Hertzi Halevi had previously stated that the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) is using the pause in fighting to prepare, plan, and continue in their objective to dismantle Hamas. Halevi emphasised that the Israeli army is eager for the residents of northern Gaza to return to a better and more stable security situation.
Israeli Occupation War Cabinet member and minister Benny Gantz stated that the IOF will resume and expand the ground operation to the entirety of the Gaza Strip after the end of the truce.
The humanitarian truce in Gaza, which began on November 24, was initially for four days and was extended by an additional two days until the morning of Thursday, November 30. The truce included various provisions, most notably the exchange of detainees held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons and the entry of aid into all parts of the Gaza Strip.